Abbas to shun Pence over Jerusalem move

Abbas to shun Pence over Jerusalem move

Abbas to shun Pence over Jerusalem move

Khaldi said that the coming phase will see active diplomatic moves, pointing out to the Arab ministerial meeting, slated for today in addition to the Islamic summit due to be held on Wednesday.

The decision has sparked unrest within the Palestinian community, which views east Jerusalem as the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Amid indications that Mr Abbas may withdraw from a planned meeting later this month, a White House aide said Mr Pence "still plans to meet with Abbas as scheduled" and "believes it would be counterproductive for him to pull out of the meeting".

Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of Abbas's Fatah party, told AFP the same day that Pence was "not welcome in Palestine".

Five European countries on the UN Security Council insisted the new U.S. policy was not consistent with past resolutions, including one that declares East Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied. He is set to travel to Israel and to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Pence is expected to visit the region later this month.

More than 100 people were injured, according to the Palestine Red Crescent, despite the deployment of several extra battalions of Israeli troops, the Washington Post reported. Shops were shuttered in Jerusalem's Old City.

"PCHR follows up with deep concern the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and condemns the Israeli forces' excessive use of force against protestors", the organisation said in a statement.

However, Palestinian protests on Saturday were less intense than on the previous two days.

Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters had gathered to express solidarity.

"The PFLP. emphasized that its march of anger and revolution will raise its voice against U.S. imperialism, Zionist colonialism and Arab reactionary collusion", the group said in a statement on their website.

A spokesperson for the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the PFLP, said they were open to targeting United States interests in the region following the embassy move.

The American president surprises the world, with Trump announcing the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and signs the decision in a ceremony that angers millions of Arabs. Israel had already responded on Friday night to the first two rockets with air strikes in which the Gaza health ministry said 14 people were wounded, among them women and children.

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